Todd Craven (GPD ’18, Orchestral Conducting) has been appointed assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. The position will commence in the Fall of 2018.
Carlos Bandera (MM ’17, Composition) was selected to participate in the Copland House’s CULTIVATE 2018 program. The week-long, all-scholarship program allows emerging composers to participate in masterclasses and rehearsals for newly composed pieces. The week will culminate with a concert on June 10 which will premiere the works composed during the program.
Si-Yan Darren Li (MM, AD ’08, Cello) is a member of the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He coaches student ensembles with other CIM chamber music faculty, including the Callisto Quartet, who won the grand prize and the first prize at the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. In April, they were awarded a special prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London. Li was also a coach of the Razumovsky Quartet, which was awarded the silver medal in the junior division of the Fischoff Competition. Li is a member of the Cavani String Quartet with CIM faculty members Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violins; and Eric Wong, viola.
Nola Richardson (MM ’10, Voice Pedagogy; MM ’11, Early Music Voice) won first prize in the 2018 Audrey Rooney Bach Competition. This competition is presented by the Kentucky Bach Choir, where she will return for as a soloist next season as a part of her prize. She recently sang at the National Cathedral with ACRONYM.
Festival Baltimore will return June 3-17, and will feature a number of Peabody alumni and faculty. Svet Stoyanov (BM ‘03, GPD ‘05, Percussion) will play on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. He will perform music by Bartok and Crum for two pianos and percussion. Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will perform on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 pm. He will play on a program featuring the complete works for viola, clarinet, and piano by Robert Schumann. Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) will play on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the festival, which will feature Mendelssohn’s piano trios and a sextet.